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Patience running thin with White House open government efforts

The White House reaffirmed its commitment to an open and transparent government in President Barack Obama's second term. But government watchdog advocates say their frustration is growing with the slow and inconsistent progress agencies are making to make information more easily available.

Tags: open government , American University , transparency , Open Government Directive , technology , FOIA , Jason Miller , Lisa Ellman , Daniel Metcalfe , Collaboration on Government Secrecy , Anne Weismann , Miriam Nesbit

Friday - 01/18/2013, 08:04am EST
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Feds given the day off on Christmas Eve

Federal employees got the news they were waiting for today. The White House announced they'll be given the day off on Monday, Dec. 24, giving them a four-day weekend many had been hoping for.

Tags: holiday , vacation , workforce , Christmas Eve , federal employees

Friday - 12/21/2012, 11:01am EST

Report: White House could blunt impact of sequestration - at least for a while

A new report from independent watchdog group OMB Watch suggests the White House has a few tools at its disposal to blunt the impact of the automatic, across-the-board cuts. The strategies include shifting funds around within agencies and the Office of Management and Budget and agencies, themselves, shifting funds and controlling the rate of federal spending, said Patrick Lester, the director of federal fiscal policy for OMB Watch.

Tags: sequestration , OMB , OMB Watch , Patrick Lester , budget , Congress ,

Thursday - 11/08/2012, 04:19pm EST
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Declassification board 'agitates' for changes to document management

The Public Interest Declassification Board submitted 14 recommendations to President Barack Obama at the end of November. The suggestions cover everything from moving out of the three-tiered classification system to a two-tiered process to strengthening the National Archives and Records Administration's National Declassification Center to giving federal employees "safe harbor" protection if they adhere to a rigorous risk management process in how they perform their classification duties.

Tags: management , technology , NARA , Information Security Oversight Office , John Fitzpatrick , Nancy Soderberg , Marty Faga , Public Interest Declassification Board , records management , CIA , I-ARPA , Jason Miller

Monday - 12/10/2012, 05:30am EST
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Top 10 cyber accomplishments since 2006

Federal News Radio polled current and former federal cybersecurity experts for their opinions on what were the most significant cybersecurity accomplishments since 2006 to secure federal networks and improve public- private partnerships. The accomplishments are in no particular order.

Tags: Cybersecurity Rising , technology , Jason Miller , DoD , DHS , GSA , NIST , OMB ,

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 01:22pm EDT

Cross-agency priorities give cyber an in with non-IT officials

White House senior director for cybersecurity Andy Ozment said budget folks are getting a better understanding of why cybersecurity is important thanks to the administration's high- priority governmentwide goals. NIST also is helping push the cross-agency goals forward from a technical perspective.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Donna Dodson , NIST , Andy Ozment , HSPD-12 , continuous monitoring , Trusted Internet Connections , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , cross-agency goals , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/12/2012, 05:16am EDT

White House testing approach called for in draft cyber order

The Energy and Homeland Security departments are working with companies in the electricity sector to come up with a baseline set of cybersecurity standards. Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said the framework is making a difference in how owners and operators secure their networks. But Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said without liability protections expansion of these efforts isn't likely.

Tags: technology , industry , cybersecurity , INSA , Michael Daniel , DHS , DoD , defense industrial base companies , Terry Roberts , Mike Rogers , House Intelligence Committee , information sharing , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 05:33am EDT

Cybersecurity fails to live up to expectations, reflect reality

The administration has struggled to fulfill its promise to take enough concrete steps to make cybersecurity a national security priority. Experts say the White House fell short in several areas, most notably in getting comprehensive cyber legislation passed.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Obama Impact , David Smith , Potomac Institute , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Patrick Howard , SecureInfo Corp. , Phyllis Schneck , McAfee , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , Congress , Larry Clinton , Internet Security Alliance , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:40am EDT
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Sen. Wyden reminds White House to limit scope of cyber order

The Select Committee on Intelligence member wrote a letter to White House Cyber Coordinator Michael Daniel asking him to make sure any mandate doesn't harm the networks used for interactive computer services.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Ron Wyden , Dianne Feinstein , Michael Daniel , Senate Intelligence Committee , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 02:18pm EDT
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